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30 Aug 2012 description

Addis Ababa, 30 August 2012 – The importance of building mental strength and learning coping mechanisms during forced displacement was emphasised at a recent Jesuit Refugee Service life skills workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The ability of refugees to face adverse situations with a positive attitude links closely to general wellbeing, employability and relationship building.

"Life skills are important because they give children and adults more control over their lives", said JRS Project Director, Ms Hanna Petros, in her opening remarks.

02 Feb 2012 description

Addis Ababa, 02 February 2012 – An inspirational workshop has provided a group of refugees and asylum seekers in Ethiopia with an appreciation of gender roles and equality as a basis to work towards behavioural change.

According to JRS Ethiopia Social Worker, Guliliat Azale, the workshop surpassed expectations of most participants. Sharing household activities equally, taking some responsibility for childcare, and sending girls as well as boys to school, were just three of the proposals for behaviour change which emerged during the discussions.

21 Oct 2011 description

Kampala, 21 October 2011 – In late September what at first glance seemed like a routine trip to the zoo, went a long way to bringing normality and as such important psychosocial benefits to refugee students in the JRS English class in the Ugandan capital, Kampala.

31 Jan 2011 description

Addis Ababa, 27 January 2011 - As part of its mandate to empower refugees through the provision of non-formal education, this year's JRS annual trip focused on raising awareness of obstetric fistula (or vaginal fistula), a disease affecting women in developing countries.

19 Apr 2010 description

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REFUGEE NEWS BRIEFINGS

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC): plan to withdraw peacekeeping troops

Rome, 5 April 2010 - A UN report proposed a plan for a three-year phased withdrawal the peacekeeping force, MONUC. While the Congolese government has urged the 22,000-strong UN-peacekeeping force to leave in 2011 before the next national elections.

The UN technical assessment mission concluded that an ongoing presence of the MONUC force was essential in the Kivu and Orientale provinces in the east of the country.

29 Jan 2010 description

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29 Jan 2010 description

Dispatches is a fortnightly e-mail bulletin of the JRS International Office.

20 Jan 2010 description

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1. Sudan: violence puts stability at risk

On 9 January, the UN peacekeeping force in Sudan, UNMIS, voiced concern over the recent escalation of violence in Southern Sudan. In the last two weeks, more than 150 people have been killed, and many more injured and displaced by inter-ethnic violence throughout the autonomous region.

31 Aug 2009 description

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REFUGEE NEWS BRIEFINGS

1. Democratic Republic of Congo: protect civilians against rape and injustice

On 10 August, the Congo Advocacy Coalition urged US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, to press the Congolese government and UN peacekeepers for more effective measures to protect civilians and pursue justice for serious crimes.

17 Jul 2009 description

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REFUGEE NEWS BRIEFINGS

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: KIVU CRISIS WORSENS WITH 100,000 MORE DISPLACED

On 9 July, the International Crisis Group (ICG) called for the suspension of joint UN-Congolese military action against the Rwandan rebel group, the FDLR.

19 Jan 2009 description

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REFUGEE NEWS BRIEFINGS

ETHIOPIA: REFUGEE INFLUX EXPECTED AS ARMY WITHDRAWS FROM SOMALIA

On 15 January, Ethiopian troops supporting the Somali government withdrew completely from the capital Mogadishu, leaving a power vacuum that is expected to lead to further bloodshed.

Analysts fear the withdrawal of approximately 3,000 Ethiopian soldiers will cause more violence in Somalia, which has been mired in civil conflict for the last 18 years.

31 Oct 2008 description

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REFUGEE NEWS BRIEFINGS

SUDAN: MORE YOUNG PEOPLE AND WOMEN RETURNING HOME

More than half of the families returning to southern Sudan are headed by single women while 59 percent of all returnees are aged 5 to 17, according to a report by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) on 24 October.

30 Sep 2008 description

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REFUGEE NEWS BRIEFINGS

1. ETHIOPIA: UN TO REPATRIATE 12,000 SUDANESE REFUGEES

On 21 September, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) announced that it would assist as many as 12,000 refugees from southern Sudan to return home next year.

In a public statement, the agency stated that nearly half of the 26,492 refugees in western Ethiopia have agreed to be repatriated to Sudan in 2009.

29 Aug 2008 description

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REFUGEE NEWS BRIEFINGS

1. EASTERN AFRICA: FOOD CRISIS ON THE HORIZON

Droughts and increases in cereal and fuel prices have caused a serious food crisis in the region, JRS Eastern Africa Regional Advocacy and Policy Officer, Karen Monteiro, told Dispatches on 25 August. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has confirmed in early August that it will need an additional 400 million US dollars if a humanitarian crisis is to be averted.

17 May 2007 description

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REFUGEE NEWS BRIEFINGS

UGANDA: GOVERNMENT AND REBELS SIGN PHASE TWO OF THE PEACE DEAL

On 2 May, the government of Uganda and the rebel group, the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) signed an accord to extend the ceasefire and agreed phase two of a peace agreement. The previous ceasefire ended earlier this year on 28 February, creating instability and raising anxieties among the population in northern Uganda.

"News of the extension of the ceasefire brought relief to most, including the NGOs assisting internally displaced persons (IDPs).

12 Mar 2004 description

REFUGEE NEWS BRIEFINGS

17 Nov 2003 description

(Extracted from JRS Dispatches No. 142)

01 Jul 2003 description

(Extracted from JRS Dispatches No. 135)

15 Apr 2003 description

(Extracted from JRS Dispatches No. 130)

10 Jan 2003 description

(Extracted from JRS Dispatches No. 124)